Kentucky-Louisville Postgame Notes
Louisville 80, Kentucky 77
Dec. 29, 2012
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Kentucky falls to 8-4 while Louisville improves to 12-1.
The Wildcats are 30-15 all-time against Louisville and 11-8 against the Cardinals in Louisville.
Entering the game UK had won four-straight against Louisville and seven of the last nine.
Today's loss to Louisville is the first in the
John Calipari era. Calipari had earned a 4-0 record in three seasons at the helm of the Kentucky program prior to today's game. The Wildcats are 3-1 in games played in the Yum! Center including two wins in the NCAA Tournament a season ago.
UK is now 172-75 all-time against schools comprising the Big East.
Kentucky returns to action Wednesday, Jan. 2 when it plays host to the Eastern Michigan Eagles. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. ET and will be televised on ESPNU.
Team game notes
The Wildcats used the starting combination of
Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, Ryan Harrow, Willie Cauley-Stein and Julius Mays. It marks the first time this season UK has used that starting combination. Freshman
Alex Poythress was the first sub off the bench for UK. It is the first time Poythress was UK's first sub of the game. Kentucky extended its streak of games with a 3-pointer to 839 games, the third-longest streak in the country.
The Wildcats trailed 36-28 at the half. It marked the fourth time this season UK has trailed at the end of the first half. Kentucky is 0-4 when trailing at the half this season.
Kentucky won the battle of the boards by a 39-36 margin. UK falls to 7-2 on the season when outrebounding opponents. It's only other loss of the season when out-rebounding the opponent came against Baylor.
UK snatched 39 rebounds in today's game snapping a streak of five-straight games with 40 or more boards.
Individual game notes
Had multiple steals and blocks in the same game for the sixth time this season.
Posted eight rebounds and has logged six or more boards in every game this season.
Scored in double-figures for the 11th time this season.
Had a game-high 22 points and now has 20+ points in three games this year. His last 20-point effort game against LIU Brooklyn.
Completed UK's first four-point play this season.
Made a career-high three 3-pointers.
Has scored in double-figures in three straight games.
Matched a career-high with five rebounds.
Posted multiple assists in six-straight games.
Had three assists and no turnovers and has now passed out 21 assists and just three total turnovers in UK's last four games.
Received first start of the season.
Has six games this season with seven or more rebounds including five of his last six games.
Totaled three blocks and has seven games with multiple blocks this season including five of the last six outings.
Has hit a 3-pointer in 11 of 12 games this season.
Has four games this season with three or more 3-pointers and eight in his career.
Has (9) 3-pointers in last three games.
Scored in double-figures for the sixth time this season and the 11th time in his career.
Played in his 100th career game.
Hit his first 3-pointer since notching a 1-for-4 night from behind the arc against Portland.